How does society shape your beliefs?

In the western part of the world, consumption of material things, selfishness, greed all play a part in our society. Whether we like to admit it or not. Many people look at their religion in the same way. They want it to be their personal religion, not a religion that everyone follows but something that is uniquely theirs. The problem with this is that when you “choose” your religion it is like a pair of jeans or a shirt in your closet, it is yours alone. No one else has to believe in what you believe and that is fine because that is the way you wanted it anyway. There are many religions that have sprung up in the past one hundred years like this. The preferred religion of Hollywood, Scientology, was created in the past eighty years and yet claims to follow beings who are trillions of years old. It also claims many of the same things which are exclusive to Christianity and yet it says that one day you can be like a god. Really?

No person on earth has ever been a god except one…Jesus. He is the only prophet, Priest and King who can claim this title because He is the only person to have been resurrected and Who now sits next to His Father, ruling the universe and watching over everything until the time for His second coming is fulfilled.

I know that there are many who don’t want to hear this and I understand that it upsets your personal life and belief in the “god” of your choosing, but listen to this argument and if you don’t take it to heart then I have done what I set out to do, tell you about the One who can show you the way to eternity.

Jesus, the Son of God, came to earth as a baby and grew up as any other child does. The only exception to His life is that He was always in contact with His Father. They likely had many discussions about His mission and His purpose on earth, although we don’t know of it. The only parts that we can be privy to are in God‘s Word. Some of those narratives are more detailed than others but suffice to say, His mission began when His cousin baptized Him.

From that point on, He went all over and around Judea or Israel, teaching, healing those who were ill, telling the religious leaders that they had missed many things in the prophets because they did not or would not recognize Who it was that was speaking to them.

His followers, the twelve disciples who were the closest to Him, also took up the message after His resurrection. He told them to take the message of salvation to Jerusalem and to all of the world and that is what they did. Even the Pharisee called Paul who was trying to get rid of the sect that they called “the Way” became Jesus’ disciple who would take the gospel to the Jews and the gentiles. It was he who wrote nearly half of the New Testament.

The world would be a very different place without Jesus and the Bible as well as Christianity. Many of the laws and moral teachings that we take for granted came from the Bible. Our world has been irrevocably changed because of its influence so it cannot be ignored or pushed aside. Think about it, read it, check the facts contained in it, then let your heart decide!

6 thoughts on “How does society shape your beliefs?

  1. You’re absolutely right about society shaping our beliefs. That’s especially true when it comes to religion. After all, the only religion practiced in Saudi Arabia is Islam. In India, most people are either Hindus or Buddhists. In Western Civilization, it’s primarily Christianity. Everyone is free, of course, to follow their culture and they usually do. Those cultures all teach that they are the only way to God (e.g. Judaism has the Chosen People and Islam is supposedly the religion to reconcile Judaism and Christianity). Everyone believes that their Holy Book is the Word of God and that’s fine if that’s what you want to believe in. As for the Scientologists believing that man can become God, some of the early Christians (Gnostics) actually believed that too. Their belief system is no better, but certainly no worse, than that of anyone else. As the Sufi mystic Rabia Basri said, “Since no one really knows anything about God, those who think they do are just troublemakers.”

  2. First off I want to say awesome blog! I had a
    quick question that I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
    I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing.
    I’ve had difficulty clearing my mind in getting my ideas out there.
    I do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15
    minutes are generally wasted just trying to figure out how
    to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Thanks!

    1. I pray before each post, unless it is one of those that I am ranting about some injustice in the world. I do try to keep those to a minimum though. God bless you for visiting and I pray that you will get some inspiration from God and maybe from these and other posts as well for your life or blog.

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